Matt Nagy chose the worst possible time for the coach not to lose. That could be his last mistake as head coach of the Bears.
He called for a hit on the 4th and inch track from the Chicago 36 with his team leading the Packers by 11 points early Sunday night into the fourth inning. He almost got away with it when Amari Rodgers choked on the hit and Damien Williams recovered in Packers ’20, but a penalty for Chicago’s Kindle Vildor for running over the limit nullified sales.
So Nagy had another chance to grab it, this time from his 32nd. Another person. Green Bay took over at 29th. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers said, “Thank you very much” and went on to make an 8 minute 38 second spin that put Chicago 45-27 behind with 4:33 to play.
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Nagy said after the game that he considered joining, but instead chose a position on the field. He didn’t want to risk Rodgers on the short field even though the Bears were in dire need of points.
“Think about it, but then think at that point you’re a bit behind,” he said during his post-game press conference. “You can be aggressive there and do it. I don’t think you’re wrong if you decide to do it, but I don’t think you’re wrong (if you don’t), and you saw what happened when we bet. it. “
Nagy didn’t offer any math in his post-game responses, but here’s a number: According to Stathead, the Bears entered the game 5 with 7 out of fourth and 1 to 3 yards. Getting backed up shouldn’t be as important as that overall success rate, not to mention the distance and especially the situation. Bears in the territory fell four times on time, period.
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Chicago (4-9) is almost out of playoff hope. It had just taken a two-goal lead at Lambeau Field. Nagy’s time as Chicago coach is said to be running out. It is necessary to be bold at the crucial moment. They should think they have to get the game back to a one-point lead in the shortest time possible and then capitalize on their chance with defense against Rodgers.
Nagy spoke after the game about how he and his staff worked to put the team in the best position to win each week. He did the opposite in that moment.
Chicago’s defense was responsible after the decision for not playing well in complementary football. The failure of the unit means that the game is essentially over by the time the foul has returned the ball. But Nagy set the stage by ensuring Green Bay took control in a two-point game.
Nagy makes another curious decision during the Bears’ next drive; He opted to kick a goal on the field to make it 45-30 with 1:22 to go. If instead, if he goes through and gets seven or eight points in the round, Chicago will need just one additional touchdown and one goal on the field instead of two more touches to tie.
The Bears had a chance at one of those desperate goals by recouping a kick on the field, but Justin Fields made a late intercept in fourth place with 46 seconds left.
But they are in a desperate state because Nagy chose not to do what was asked a few minutes earlier: play to win.